Power of Choice

Power of Choice Reforms and Industry Forum

Power of Choice is a suite of reforms to the National Electricity Rules designed to encourage energy consumers to make more informed choices about how and when they use electricity. Power of Choice reforms will provide customers with information and more options so that they can better manage their electricity bills.  Power of Choice will also allow energy companies, including distribution network businesses such as ActewAGL Distribution, to better respond to technology and other market changes. Further information on the Power of Choice reforms can be found at the Australian Energy Market Commission website.

Power of Choice will have a significant impact on how distribution network businesses, such as ActewAGL Distribution, operate and it is important to us that our local customers and business community understand these changes so that we can work together as the new rules take effect to minimise any negative or unintended impacts of the transition process. 

As the Power of Choice reforms are implemented throughout 2017 we will be providing information to our customers and hosting customer forms to allow people to learn more and ask questions. We will also be working with our Energy Consumer Reference Council to ensure that we are taking into consideration feedback from a wide range of customers.

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One area that will change as part of Power of Choice reforms will be who owns, installs, manages and reads electricity meters. This will particularly impact the construction industry with respect to installing, connecting and upgrading electricity meters in commercial and residential premises.

Changes to Service and Installation Rules and Industry Forums

To meet the requirements of the National Power of Choice reforms ActewAGL Distribution is proposing changes to its electricity Service and Installation Rules (S&I Rules).

The draft of the amended S&I Rules rules has been released for industry feedback and will also be reviewed by the ACT Technical Regulator. Industry is invited to provide comments on the draft amended Rules to powerofchoice@actewagl.com.au by Friday 7 April. 

Power of Choice Industry Forums

ActewAGL Distribution has hosted industry forums to inform the construction and electrical industries on Power of Choice changes, and to seek their feedback. Notes from these forums provide an important record of industry feedback, which will be considered by ActewAGL Distribution.

The first forums were held in November 2016 and the second in March 2017. At each forum there was a presentation from ActewAGL Distribution and a discussion paper was made available prior to the forum.

These can be downloaded below.  Notes from the March 2017 forums will be available in the near future.

For further information on the Power of Choice reform or the industry forum please email PowerofChoice@actewagl.com.au